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This week, the Philadelphia Police Department held the latest of its Coffee with a Cop community outreach events — this time in the heart of the gayborhood at Starbucks at 12th and Walnut Streets. The events intend to solicit feedback from specific communities and to enable area residents to get to know, in an informal setting, some of the officers serving their neighborhood.

Action Wellness, a nonprofit that helps those in the Greater Philadelphia area living with chronic diseases, held its 28th-annual Friends for Life Awards event Wednesday night to celebrate community members who have made a difference in the lives of people living with HIV. 

The City of Philadelphia released a report Tuesday that outlines priorities for improving care for youth in residential placements. The 19 recommendations, which detail how to strategically reduce the number of youth in residential facilities, were derived from The Youth Residential Placement Task Force that Philadelphia City Council established about a year ago to work on the issue. 


Penn Nursing — ranked as the best nursing school in the world — has received a $100,000 grant from the Robert I. Jacobs Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation for HIV research. The grant is for an investigation led by one of the top local experts in the field of HIV research, Dr. José A. Bauermeister. Bauermeister is a presidential professor of nursing and director of the Program on Sexuality, Technology and Action Research (PSTAR) at Penn Nursing. He also serves in the National Institutes of Health on Sexual and Gender Research.


The Human Rights Campaign has created a series of indexes and reports on the status of LGBTQ equality in the U.S. The latest, the Municipal Equality Index (MEI), details the rankings of cities in all 50 states. Philadelphia landed a perfect score. Using metrics in five main areas with subsets within those five areas, HRC ranks how well a city is doing for its LGBTQ citizens, with the top score being 100.

Queer Philadelphia couple Kate Austin and Sarah Sulsenti appeared on "The Ellen Show” last week after asking the talk show host in a viral tweet to attend their upcoming wedding.

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